American Idol 12- Mac’s Top 20 Females Power List

I’m back. Last weeks super controversial top 20 Men’s power list had over 100 comments. I wonder if I can generate the same type of comments here. 10 of these girls will perform tomorrow night. If I knew who was against who, I’d have even more solid predictions, but this is generic for now.

QUICK EDIT: I just realized we’ve posted which girls are performing when.

I haven’t edited my rankings below, but I think the way the scheduling is done is very telling. My predictions:

1st Group of Women:
Will Advance: Angela Miller, Kree Harrison
Should Advance: Isabelle, Shubha Vedula
5th Spot: Tenna Torres or Kamaria Ousley
Cut (barring a standout performance): Adriana Latonio, Amber Holcomb,
Cut (regardless of performance): Brandy Hotard, Jenny Beth Willis

1st Group of Guys:
Will Advance: Charlie Askew
Should Advance: Johnny Keyser, Devin Velez
Can They BOTH Advance?: Jimmy Smith, Paul Jolley
Possible Upset: Curtis Finch Jr, in place of one of the two country guys.
Cut(regardless of performance, this group is too tight already): Chris Watson, Elijah Liu, Kevin Harris, JDA

2nd Group Of Women:
Will Advance: Candice Glover, Janelle Arthur, Melinda Ademi
Potential To Advance: Cristabel Clack, Rachel Hale
Possible Dark Horses: Juliana Chahayed, Jett Hermano
Complete Wild Card: Zoanette Johnson (is this REALLY the age of Zoanette?)
Cut (regardless of performance, this group is too tight already): Aubrey Cleland, Breanna Steer

2nd Group of Guys:
Will Advance: Burnell Taylor, Nick Boddington
Should Advance: Cortez Shaw, Lazaro Arbos
Possible 5th Spot: Gurpreet Singh Sarin
Possible Dark Horse On A Redemption Arc: Josh Holiday
Cut (barring standout performances): Mathenee Treco, Vincent Powell, Bryant Tadeo, David Willis

20) Jenny Beth Willis
I’m picking her as the last person on this list, because I remember hearing her when I did the contestant preview. She was a very mediocre country singer, and she’s very much being foddered in favor of Janelle Arthur and Rachel Hale (hell, even Brandy Hotard has a better shot right now). ADVICE: Unless you give an absolutely perfect vocal with the perfect song choice, I think you’ll be heading home next week. I

19) Adriana Latonio
Another girl with no screentime. She’s a perfectly average youtube singer, who at this point, will most likely only be confused for Jett Hermano (due to her almost lack of screentime). ADVICE: She’s young. She should do something young, poppy, and upbeat. A journey into a power ballad will result in elimination.

18) Amber Holcomb
Who? Due to a lack of screentime, Amber enters into the Las Vegas rounds with a huge disadvantage. She’s being thrown to the wolves. ADVICE: Pick something that hasn’t been done on idol before that is current and fits your style the best. That’s the best way to stand out. See: Melinda Ademi, Price Tag.

17) Breanna Steer
If you heard Breanna sing in group rounds, you’ll know that she has a terribly obnoxious voice. Her lack of screentime (the only reason she has screentime is because of Kez Ban) isn’t a vote of confidence. ADVICE: Pick something that doesn’t showcase the annoying tone to your voice, if possible. It’s sort of screechy and nasally at the same time. It attacks the viewer in a very uncomfortable way.

16) Brandy Hotard
Good luck convincing the judges that a third country girl needs to be in the final 10. Your best hope is that Rachel or Janelle will drop out of the competition between now and Wednesday. If that’s not happening, then your chances are really slim. ADVICE: Sing whatever song you sing best. If you have any chance of convincing the judges to pick you, you can’t be fooling around with new songs and trying to strategize at this point. Pick your go-to song and nail it. You don’t have any “grace area” to work with.

15) Jett Hermano
Girl. You’d better bring it. Idol has no faith in you as a singer right now, and doesn’t consider you a front runner. Your youtube following should suggest otherwise, and you picked up a sizable amount of fans who found you when you made the top 40. ADVICE: Do something current. If you can do an original, do that. You need a breakthrough performance to make the Top 10 girls.

14) Aubrey Cleland
We’ve seen a bit more of Aubrey singing than the other contestants, and she gets a bit of a leg up for not being another country singer. Still, this girl seems like fodder to me. But every year, someone makes the finals with little to no screentime. Could Aubrey be that girl? ADVICE: You seem like a relatively current pop singer. Stick to that. Avoid older songs, and songs that have been done a thousand times on idol. Again, up-tempo couldn’t hurt.

13) Tenna Torres
Personally, I thought she was a mess in her group rounds. However, she does have a decent amount of exposure, having had her audition shown. I thin Tenna is headed for a pitchy performance in Vegas, on an overwrought song. Mariah might have to let her mini-me go. ADVICE: Be unpredictable. Stay on pitch.

12) Kamaria Ousley
She sang in Candice’s awesome group. However, she will be losing votes to Candice (and possibly also Zoanette). Is there a place in the top 10 girls for both Kamaria and Candice? Or Kamaria, Zoanette, and Candice? Will the judges advance three black females to the top 10? The past few years hasn’t been kind to this type of singer, and only Candice really seems poised to change that. Kamaria might crack the top 10, but I think she could be left behind. ADVICE: Something memorable. Something that will differentiate you from Candice, and make it seem like you aren’t competing for the same spot.

11) Juliana Chahayed
We saw her for a bit in the third round, and it was really a breath of fresh air. There doesn’t seem to be another voice like hers in the competition right now, very light and poppy, like Vanessa Carlton. She won’t be able to knock out the power ballads that some of the other girls will, but she could be a dark horse into the top 10 with the right song choice. ADVICE: How about doing Vanessa Carlton’s A Thousand Years?

10) Zoanette Johnson
She’s really the wildcard in this. How serious are the producers/judges about Zoanette? Are they serious enough to put her through to the top 10, over a girl who is a better singer? I’m betting (as of right now) that they intend to let America vote on Zoanette. I know that sounds radical, but I think they’re gonna do it. ADVICE: If you start to take yourself seriously as an artist, you’ll lose the producers support. So do some crazy wacky shit like you did in third round, otherwise you’ll go home.

9) Cristabel Clack
She seemed to be the only sane person in her group. I don’t think Cristabel is memorable enough to make the top 5 girls, but I think she’ll be in the semi’s. She’s had a decent amount of screentime, I don’t think the producers plan on letting her go. However, she is at the low end of my top 10 totem pole, so she might lose out on her spot if someone else has a breakthrough performance. ADVICE: Current, up-tempo. Possibly pop-rock. Maybe a Kelly Clarkson number?

8) Isabelle
You don’t seem to have much of a personality. You are a great singer, though. I predict you’ll be doing a power ballad, probably either by Celine, Whitney, or Mariah. The problem with that Pia Toscano was 9th place. That type of singer just isn’t resonating anymore with America. Even Jessica Sanchez struggled and almost went home. You have to find a way to seem youthful and contemporary. ADVICE: Maybe some current indie stuff, by like Florence and the Machine?

7) Rachel Hale
Her choice to sing Haley Reinhart was interesting for sure. I think it showed her vocal weaknesses, and the producers have positioned her as the “20th” girl through some editing. She’ll likely have an arc that includes her making the top 10, but I don’t know if Rachel can beat similar artists like Kree and Janelle into the top 5. Had Kree not just had a standout performance in the final round, things might be different. But as of now, Rachel has an uphill battle. ADVICE: The producers tell us how happy you always are, so choose a happy country song, and stay away from the dreary depressing ones. Highlight your strengths.

6) Shubha Vedula
Shubha is on the brink of the top 5, for me. She’s obviously an incredible singer, but I’m afraid she has no idea how to compete in this thing. When You Believe wasn’t the right song. And the put on growling, and the fake hand gestures feel all like an act. She’s a definite top 10 girl, but I think she’ll lose her top 5 spot to Melinda. ADVICE: Be more like Melinda.

5) Melinda Ademi
What you did in the final performance was probably the best thing you could have done. You went from being probably 8th-12th for me, to a top 5 girl. Your up-tempo, current performance of Price Tag was a breath of fresh air amongst a ton of ballads we’ve heard a thousand times before. If you continue to perform like a pop star, you could be in this competition for a long time. Bonus points for awesome hairography. ADVICE: Keep doing what you just did on Top 3 week. Avoid songs written before 2000, and ballads (for now).

4) Kree Harrison
The internet seems to have totally embraced your version of Stars, making you a frontrunner in the competition. I personally love you because of your original music. I know you can still perform original songs in Vegas. ADVICE: Please do You Would Have Wanted It That Way. Please?

3) Candice Glover
I have high hopes for Candice. I think she’ll go further than Naima Adedapo (10th place-season 10), or Lil Rounds (7th place- Season 8), the last two black females to make the tour. She’s a contender. Some other idol experts even think she could win. That’s a tough call. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her in the final 3 though, like her buddy Josh Ledet. ADVICE: Just keep being you. Your Girl on Fire cover was insane. I trust your song choices for now.

2) Janelle Arthur
I hope to God they never actually say this in the show, but you’re on your way to being the next Carrie Underwood. Your personality is endearing, and your voice is engaging. I think you have a shot at winning this competition, as country as a genre can do really well. You need to knock some other country females out first, though, to make sure nothing stands in your way. ADVICE: Keep doing country songs. Don’t shift genres.

1)Angela Miller
Angie had the most talked about female performance of the season (behind Zoanette’s audition). How could I not put her at the top of the list? That original song was brilliant. You’ve got one more round where you can perform another original, and I would actually suggest doing a cover. I know that’s crazy. But put yourself at the piano again, and change up a song that people know. Strip down a song. Show that you are an artist. American Idol doesn’t like to throw that word at females, but I think they will this season. Nicki is really changing the game. You are a shoo-in for the top 10 girls, and the most solid bet at making the top 5. ADVICE: Continue to show your artistry. Don’t worry about outsinging the other girls. Just show people that you are an original, and there’s no one else like you in the competition. Change up songs, do originals wherever possible.

  • tomr

    Kree, Janelle, and Angela are all greatly superior to any of ladies for the past five seasons.  Candice’s voice iritates me for some reason.  I believe that your eventual winner will come from this group.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKHMAEX5GDZ7CXTLUHXSRUYAZI Guilherme

    Pretty much agree with your list.. Like, for alot of them ,is a thought call, since we didnt saw enought of their sing. But watching some youtube videos, they are all capable/really good singers, so, its gonna be all about song choice and style, be different, less generiq as possible. Liked your suggestions, the only problem its that the song choices aren´t totally on the girls hands, since they pick their 5 songs and them the producers choose one, so we probably gonna see some sabotages.. BUT, if I was one of the contestants, I would make sure to give them a list with 5 really good songs for me.

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    I love your analysis. I don’t even recognize most of the names in the lower half! I particularly agree with you comment that “Nicki is really changing the game.” I’m so glad TPTB gave her a spot at the judges table.

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    I think its a bit different this season since the judges are choosing which 10 girls advance. I don’t think the judges are affected by some of their lack of screen time as they saw each contestant equally.

  • http://twitter.com/AwardsCircuit Clayton Davis

    Awards Circuit has an American Idol Recap on the Girls too. 

    http://www.awardscircuit.com/2013/02/15/american-idol-recap-hollywood-week-part-2-the-girls/

  • irockhard

    Who I think should make top 20:

    Angela
    Janelle
    Candice
    Kree
    Melinda
    Shubha
    Isabelle
    Juliana
    Kamaria
    Jett

  • Incipit

    the judges are choosing which 10 girls advance. I don’t think the
    judges are affected by some of their lack of screen time as they saw
    each contestant equally.

    Hmm, then the usual voting advantage for the contestants that Idol featured doesn’t kick in yet…right now it’s just which ones do TPTB want to advance, with no interference to their Plan for the Top 10 from the pesky voting audience. They must be loving that.

    But the fodder has a One and Done chance of moving on – and unlike the judges, I have no idea who half of them even are….can’t put a face or a song with the name. Maye they will read mj’s advice, and differentiate themselves, but no matter how much they step it up – still up to TPTB to cast them, so there’s probably only so much someone in the bottom 10 can do to change their “Plan”.

    Seems like a lot of Country and a lot of Diva; Ouch. Of the videos I caught last week, Melinda Ademi was entertaining, different – and looked like she was really enjoying being on the stage – that was a bit contagious…

    Coming in, I’m in the same position here with the females as I was with the males…I don’t actually care about any of them, but a few have me interested. And there’s a handful I don’t want to see again. If semi-neutrality is all the new system was supposed to result in, mission accomplished. I am nobody’s fan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Weslley-Paiva/100001736921061 Weslley Paiva

    TOP 10 Girls

    -Janelle
    -Kree
    -Angie
    -Isabelle
    -Candice
    -Melinda
    -Shuba
    -Cristabel
    -Zoanette
    -Juliana

  • CB40

    Great recap of everyone. I love Melinda as a sleeper pick for the Top 5 for the whole competition. Here’s my bold statement:

    Top 5:
    Angela Miller
    Janelle Arthur
    Kree Harrison
    Nick Boddington
    Melinda Ademi

    Janelle or Kree will knock the other out, and the survivor will win.

  • http://twitter.com/newbornstarr Wally.

    I really hope Jett nails her performance next week.   She wont win but she is one of the marketable girls in the top 20 girls in my opinion along with:
    -Kree
    -Angela
    -Jett
    -Candice

  • http://twitter.com/newbornstarr Wally.

     I hope Jett nails her performance next week. Too me she is one of the more marketable girls in the top 20 in my opinion. She won’t win because of the lack of exposure, but I hope she goes far enough for a deal. Examples

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1sGWcwIro8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r17N4sZPCX0
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xU2_nh1kNwY

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    It is a good point that since the judges are the ones deciding who is advancing at this point, the lack of screentime for some should be less of an issue than it  usually is right now.  The judges should presumably remember them all and have seen them all pretty equally.  However, the producers clearly are pushing some females (and males) over others, so I’m sure they will continue to push those people and Nigel and co. obviously want those people to advance.

    I would be shocked not to see Angie, Candice and Janelle in the Top 10, unless they crash and burn in the Vegas rounds and other presumed fodder contestants step up to the plate.  I’m not saying it can’t happen because all sorts of weirdness tends to happen in the semi-final rounds and people you expect to be good succumb to the pressure and vice versa.  Though from what I’ve seen so far, and admittedly there are a number of females on that list I haven’t even heard sing, I am in total agreement with the Top 5.  Angie, Janelle, Candice, Melinda and Kree.

  • girlygirltoo

    Kree, Janelle and Angela are the ones I think are locks for the Top 5 girls unless they have some sort of massive meltdown. Candice can definitely sing, but I think she will need to stay away from too many diva moments to make Top 5. My dark horse for Top 5 girls is Melinda — I loved her performance last week.

    I realize Zoanette is entertaining in a WTF sort of way? But the girl cannot sing, so I hope she doesn’t make Top 10. There are way too many other people in this competition who deserves that spot over her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jclaytonmusic John Rocketship Potter Clayton

     I’m concerned that you think Nick Boddington is a girl.

  • jammasta

    I kinda want Zoanette to win just so I could be like “Well, you wanted a FEMALE winner, so there she is!” :P

  • Larc

    I wouldn’t even wish a Zoanette win on XF.

  • forwarddad

    Not a fan of Angela. Someone nailed it somewhere in a comment board – too pageantry.

    Annoys me that Isabelle uses one name.

    I like Cree but not sure she has the package.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I will take a Angela and Rachel top 2 please. :)